The offbeat comedy director has been nominated for an Oscar three times in the past, but this year marks his first Best Director nomination. The Grand Budapest Hotel has already earned plaudits at this year’s Golden Globes, winning best Picture (comedy or musical), but Anderson lost out to fellow Oscar nominee Richard Linklater in the Best Director category.
This is Iñárritu’s second nomination in the Best Director category, having first been nominated for 2006 film Babel. The Birdman director was widely tipped for his film charting the mid-life crisis of a fading Hollywood star, starring Michael Keaton. Visually arresting, the Best Director nod is one of nine nominations.
The first time the Boyhood director has been nominated for a Best Director gong. The film was a monumental logistical achievement as well as an emotional thunderbolt, filmed over 12 years with the same cast and bringing out a remarkable central performance from child star Ellar Coltrane.
The Norwegian director has created a magnificent British film of the life of cryptographer Alan Turing. Considering that most of the movie is set in the humdrum surroundings of Turing’s shed, it’s a riveting watch, held together by a career-best performance from Benedict Cumberbatch.
Inspired by real events, Foxcatcher tells the story of professional wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) who accepts an invitation to build up a top-class team for billionaire sponsor John du Pont (Steve Carell). Miller’s film features an almost unrecognisable Carrell in a story of tragedy and shocks. Miller has been nominate once before, for his 2006 biopic of Truman Capote.